Experiment with texture and colour to create gilded, beaded braids. Unlike shop-bought versions, yours can be custom designed to perfectly match your own unique craft projects. The main directory is a sumptuous collection of designs, organized according to structure, from twisted and knotted braids to more elaborate looped and woven pieces. Each braid features a close-up photograph, a recipe of materials and step-by-step instructions. All core techniques are clearly demonstrated with easy-to-follow photographs, and little or no equipment is needed.
Whether you refer to it as crewel or Jacobean, this free form of surface embroidery has been around for centuries and is still popular amongst needle artists today. Because of the nature of the fanciful objects and the tradition of using a large variety of stitches in one project, it lends itself to endless creative expression. In this book Hazel Blomkamp uses a wide selection of materials to update techniques and inspire embroiderers to explore whilst working loosely within the confines of crewel work styles. She shows needle artists how to be creative with fabric, threads, beads and alternative stitches, borrowing techniques from other forms of needlework, and still producing a product that is typical of the crewel or Jacobean style of embroidery.The original designs include: * Projects including beads and metal threads to add sparkle and texture to your work. * Monochrome embroidery making use of a variety of threads and beads, all within the same colour range. * Techniques employed in needle-made laces with designs defined by means of texture. * More traditional embroidery including shading and satin stitch and the many variations of trellis couching to provide texture and interest. The completed embroideries are displayed in ways that are not only decorative, but are useful in the home.
This gorgeous new book from the team behind Mollie Makes brings together ten designers and makers. We asked them very nicely and they have put their crafty heads together and come up with over fifteen exclusive Christmassy projects just for you. With inspirational ideas for handmade gifts, cards and decorations we’ve got Christmas all sewn up. Includes a variety of crafts, with full instructions for knitting, crochet, sewing and papercraft projects, as well as ideas on how to turn your junk-shop finds into festive wonders. Each project is accompanied by clear step-by-step instructions and beautiful photography, with hints and tips on personalizing your makes, ensuring that your Christmas is unique, just like you. Here’s to a crafty Christmas!
Faced with the prospect of machining a gear or gears for a project, many model engineers will be discouraged and will turn elsewhere for their next model. This need not be so, for the principles underlying gear cutting and many other aspects of engineering where an accurate division of circles is required are explained in depth in this book. Radial work on a metalworking lathe, such as the cutting of gearwheels or the drilling of holes on a set radius, calls for a method of precisely spacing the cuts. This skill is known as Dividing. The principles underlying this aspect of engineering are explained in depth in this book. It covers the subject of Dividing, dealing with the many methods that can be adopted: from simple applications without specialised equipment to the use of a semi-universal dividing head and a rotary table. The mathematical aspects of dividing are also covered but at a level that will be understood easily by a model engineer. Dividing equipment is relatively expensive, so two fully-detailed designs are included for dividing heads: a basic unit and the equivalent of a commercial semi-universal head.
Quilted Bags & Gifts is a beautiful collection of bags, pouches and accessories designed for quilters who love to create handmade gifts. All 36 projects use basic techniques, and can be made in a weekend. All of the essential patchwork, applique, quilting and finishing techniques are provided at the beginning of the book, and full-size, fold-out templates are provided at the back. Readers will be inspired by Akemi Shibata’s unique ‘Elegant de Kawaii’ style, which combines taupe fabrics with colourful prints. With an astounding range of projects to choose from, quilters will love the selection of tote bags, handbags, sewing cases, coin purses, tapestries and much more.
The new book by the author of the Sunday Times bestseller Millie Marotta’s Animal Kingdom. Lose yourself in a riot of colouring in and drawing as you bring the exotic creatures and plants in Millie Marotta’s Tropical Wonderland to life. Millie’s intricate style of illustration encourages you to make your own mark, whether it’s to add to the fine lines on trees or add a splash of colour to the feathers of a tropical parrot. Explore the rainforest further and you will find extraordinary flowers, birds, butterflies and reptiles, including a rainbow boa with shiny scales crying out for a touch of colour. This book will bring enjoyment to anyone who is looking for a creative outlet or a mindful and relaxing activity.
Use pre-cut jelly rolls, fat quarters, and more to add fresh, new style to your home. Enjoy the simple things in life-with colors and patterns that your whole family will love.
For the puzzle fanatic. A collection of challenges from throughout history, featuring some of the greatest ever puzzle masters . . . ————————– A Sumerian Riddle (circa 18th Century) There is a house. The blind enter it and then come out seeing. What is that house? ————————–A Charade I have wings, yet never fly – I have sails, yet never go – I cant keep still, if I try, Yet forever stand just so.————————– From the riddles of the ancients to puzzles that perplex the greatest minds of today, The Penguin Book of Puzzles is a glorious compendium of conundrums from throughout history. These challenges will require all the reader’s wits to solve, but range from the easy to the brain-bending and are suitable for novice and veteran puzzlers alike. There is something here to suit every taste, including crosswords, mathematical challenges, word games and logic conundrums, but also some intriguing types of puzzles that have been unearthed from centuries gone by. Timeless and entertaining, there are hours of fun waiting in this miscellany of puzzlement.
The staff of the fictional Elm Creek quilter’s retreat-and 72 of author Jennifer Chiaverini’s real-life friends-contributed 140 blocks to this beautiful sampler quilt that became Sylvia Compson’s wedding gift inThe Master Quilter. Now you can join quilters around the world in making this much-loved quilt. Sylvia’s Bridal Sampler makes a wonderful wedding gift, guild project, or raffle quilt.
A visually inspiring guide to making gorgeous spoons, using a variety of readily available woods, minimal tools and entry-level woodworking skills (think carving, whittling, sanding). Written by Josh Vogel, the upstate New York wood artisan whose exquisite and highly coveted one-of-a-kind spoons, bowls, and boards are showing up in gift guides everywhere. Over 100 of Vogel’s unique spoons – all created and photographed for this book – wow and inspire. Readers learn the basics of simple spoon-making in straightforward, no-experience-required instructions and via one beginning, one intermediate, and one advanced project, each of which provides the basis for an infinite number of designs. Notecards and a notebook collection featuring the beautiful photography from the book will be published simultaneously.
Thousands of natural materials can produce glorious colour- the cochineal insect produces pink, maroon and purple, and more than 500 species of plants produce indigo blue. Now, in The Modern Natural Dyer, expert Kristine Vejar shares the most user-friendly techniques for dyeing at home with foraged and garden-raised dyestuffs as well as with natural dye extracts. Demystifying the “magic,” Vejar explains in straightforward, easy-to-follow detail how to produce consistent, long-lasting colour. With stunning photography of the dyes themselves, the dyeing process, and 20 projects for home and wardrobe, The Modern Natural Dyer is a complete resource for aspiring and experienced dye artisans.